Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
September 29 & 30, Saturday & Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE SYMPHONY SIBELIUS'S SECOND
Charlottesville Symphony.
Music Director Benjamin Rous opens the orchestras 44th season with Sibeliuss majestic Second Symphony. Beloved for its optimistic tone and triumphant finale, it remains the composers most popular symphony. Its paired with Thea Musgraves mystical Song of the Enchanter, written to commemorate Sibeliuss 125th birthday, and a rarely performed gem: York Bowens grandly romantic Viola Concerto of 1907. Old Cabell Hall Saturday; MLK Jr. Performing Arts Center Sunday.  8pm Saturday, 3:30pm Sunday.  $Varies.  Contact: UVA McIntire Department of Music.  Email: artsboxoffice@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3376. 
 
May 27-September 30, Select Sundays
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
October 14, Sunday
CHARLOTTESVILLE MUNICIPAL BAND FALL CONCERT
Charlottesville Municipal Band.
The program will include classics, patriotic favorites, jazz, pop and show tunes. Dickinson Main Stage Theater at PVCC.  3:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-9850. 
 
Saturdays in September & October
FREEFALL MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL
WTJU & IX Art Park.
Freefall picks up where Fridays After Five ends but with a unique and funky vibe. Acts include Cville Allstars, Mighty Joshua, Mama Tried, Dharma Bombs and more. See site for lineup. IX Art Park.  5-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
May 3-September 27, Thursdays
THURSDAY EVENING SUNSET SERIES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Enjoy dinner, live music, hayrides, and the best view of a sunset anywhere. It’s free admission. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, or come early for a picnic table. Carter Mountain Orchard.  5:30-9pm.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
September 29, Saturday,
8TH ANNUAL DARK SKIES BRIGHT KIDS STAR PARTY
Dark Skies Bright Kids.
There will be telescope observing, hands-on astronomy activities, planetarium shows, cider tastings, as well as The Sweet Tooth of Charlottesville. Rain or shine. Albermarle CiderWorks, North Garden.  6:30-10pm.  $Free and open to public.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: None  Contact: Sean Linden.  Email: dsbk@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 708-287-1748. 
 
September 28-30, Friday-Saturday
FALL HARVEST WEEKEND
Misty Mountain Camp Resort.
Beans and cornbread dinner cooked over an open fire. Come enjoy the scenery of The Blue Ridge and the changing colors of fall. There will be trick or treating, costume contests, pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, wagon ride to pick pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, site decorating contest, air brush tattoos, movies, wagon rides, bonfire, karaoke, ice cream social and more. Sunday coffee and donuts. Misty Mountain Camp Resort, Greenwood.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-647-8900. 
 
October 11, Thursday
FLOWER ARRANGING WITH DAHLIAS AND FALL FLOWERS
Pharsalia.
With Pharsalia's fall flowers in abundance, including dahlias, celosias, tuberoses, sunflowers, gomphrenas and many others, Foxie and Candice will share their tips on how to create your floral designs and to make them pop. Experience creating your own arrangement as they guide you. Bring clippers, a container and a box to transport the arrangement home. Workshop includes catered lunch. 2333 Pharsalia Rd, Tyro.  10am-1:30pm.  $95.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@pharsaliaevents.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5231. 
 
October 13, Saturday
FARM ANIMAL DAY
Saunders Brothers Market.
A day on the farm with cows, sheep, goats, chickens, and horses. Some might even be babies. Live music by The New Halfgrassed Revival. Saunders Brothers Market.  9am-5pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5455. 
 
October 13, Saturday
MOVIES & GROOVIES: O' BROTHER WHERE ART THOU
Bold Rock Hard Cider.
A unique music and movie pairing series featuring: Local live music by Small Town Rodeo, a movie screening in the meadow on a jumbo 30-foot screen, Bold Rock Hard Cider, food trucks, movie themed activities and much more. Bold Rock Hard Cider, Nellysford.  6-11pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1030. 
 
September 8 & 9, October 13 & 14
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES AT SILVER CREEK ORCHARD
Silver Creek and Seamans' Orchards.
Although the packing shed (farm stand) is open daily in September, this orchard's PYO dates are limited to two weekends, rain or shine: Sept. 8-9 & Oct. 13-14 (Sat. 9am-4pm and Sun. 11am-4pm). Plan to pursue the local goodies at the packing shed after you pick your basketful. Retail shop is closed on weekends with limited hours throughout the week. Together with Seamans' Orchard, Silver Creek hosts Apple butter making' Festivals. Silver Creek Orchard, Tyro.  9am-4pm Saturday, 11-4pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@scso.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5824. 
 
late-June-mid-October
HENLEY'S ORCHARD
Just north of downtown Crozet, Henley's grows more than 25 varieties of apples with a low-spray method--including regional darling: Albemarle Pippin. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7848. 
 
October 6 & 20
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN' FESTIVAL
Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.
Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way. Enjoy live music while kids pick pumpkins, play games, create crafts, explore the corn maze and visit with the clown. A cider pressing demonstration will happen at 11am. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 5529 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5824. 
 
October 20, Sunday
19TH ANNUAL APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Showalters Orchard.
Enjoy a large variety of already picked apples, PYO apples, Virginia-made items, food trucks, craft vendors, live music, Old Hill cider tastings, childrens activities and more. Showalters Orchard and Greenhouse, Timberville.  10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 28-30 & October 19-21
APPLE FESTIVAL AT DRUMHELLER'S
Drumheller's Orchard.
This apple festival will offer food vendors, crafters, hayrides, an apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, fresh cider, pumpkins, inflatables and more. Drumheller's Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-5036. 
 
October 20 & 21, Saturday & Sunday
BATESVILLE APPLE BUTTER DAYS
Batesville Community Service Club.
Batesville's premier fall event to cut wood for fires, haul tents and chairs, peel and slice 60 bushes of apples, stir, fix breakfast, can, label and clean up etc. Long-time regulars have done this each year since 1975 as a fundraising effort and newer locals are invited to join in. The event goes all through Saturday night without stopping until Sunday afternoon. Batesville.  10am Saturday to 2pm Sunday.  Email: events@batesvilleva.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
Saturdays in October
HENLEYFEST
Henley's Orchard.
Enjoy hay rides, cider making, live music, food trucks, apple cider donuts, baked goods, the miniature pony and her carriage and apple picking each Saturday in October. A costume contest will occur on the final Saturday. Henley's Orchard, Crozet.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-7848. 
 
October 6-27, Saturdays
LAYZ S RANCH PUMPKIN PATCH
Layz S Ranch.
Enjoy fall family fun with hay rides, corn maze, corn pit and slide, hay pyramid, hay maze, giant slides and farm animals. New this year are an AquaPod, tightrope, sky island swing and a 90-foot superslide. Layz S Ranch.  9am-1pm Saturdays.  $7, ages 2 and under free, $25 per family.  All ages welcome.  Email: layzsranchevents@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-591-0898. 
 
Saturdays in October
THE GOLDEN KERNEL PUMPKIN PATCH
The Golden Kernel.
Enjoy free hayrides to the pumpkin patch every Saturday in October (weather permitting) with over 26 acres of pumpkins, squash and gourds. 1752 Weyers Cave Rd., Grottoes.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-249-4813. 
 
September 28-October 28
27TH ANNUAL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Sinkland Farms.
For five weekends, enjoy live music, food, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, face painting, a corn maze, farmyard animals, a kids' zone, ride-a-rescue horse and more. Sinkland Farms, Christiansburg.  4-8pm Fridays, 10am-5pm Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.  $Special Pricing with Limited Attractions.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-382-4647. 
 
September 29-October 28, Saturdays & Sundays
FUN AT CREATIVE WORKS FARM
Creative Works Farm.
Find your way through the 5.5-acre maze then hit the gaga ball pit, play cornhole, 9-square and other games before you buy your pumpkin. All proceeds benefit Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for children with special needs and at-risk youth. Creative Works Farm, Waynesboro.  Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays 12-5pm.  $5, under 2 free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 22-October 28
OCTOBERFEST
The Market at Grelen.
Every Saturday and Sunday in October enjoy free hayrides to the Apple Orchard and Pumpkin Patch. The Market at Grelen.  Email: info@themarketatgrelen. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
Saturdays & Sundays in October
PUMPKIN PATCH AND CORN MAZE
Chisholm Vineyards.
Come pick your pumpkin, run the corn maze, and enjoy live music from 2-5pm daily and delicious fare from food trucks all day. Chisholm Vineyards, Earlysville .  12-6pm.  $8 (ages 8 and up).  Email: info@adventurefarmvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-971-8796. 
 
October 6-October 31
CELEBRATE FALL AT ROUND HILL FARM
Round Hill Farm.
Admission includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch, a 200-foot zip line, a hay-bale maze and pyramid, corn maze, 100-foot super slide, farm animals, moon bounces and the tire-swing playground! Off-road adventure rides, pony rides, pumpkins, barrel train rides and face painting for an additional fee. Round Hill Farm.  3:30-6pm weekdays, 10am-5pm weekends.  $12.50.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-308-8245. 
 
September 29-October 31, Saturdays & Sundays
GREENFIELD FALL FESTIVAL
Pumpkins, hayrides, farm animals, toddler play area, giant slide and corn maze. Greenfield Farm.  Directions: 2455 Dairy Road, Ruckersville.  10am-5pm, Saturdays; 1-5pm, Sundays.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-985-7653. 
 
September 15-October 31
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Corn maze, farm animals, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
October 1-31
PUMPKIN PATCH AT SEAMANS' ORCHARDS
Silver Creek and Seamans' Orchards, Inc.
Pick your own pumpkin or buy a pre-picked one. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchards, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm Monday-Saturday, 1-5pm Sunday.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5824. 
 
September 29-October, Saturdays & Sundays
SARAH'S PUMPKIN PATCH
Sarah's Pumpkin Patch.
Pick your own pumpkins from three acres of pumpkins and enjoy family fun every weekend in October. Off of Caves Ford Lane, Orange.  10am-5pm Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.  Email: sarahspumpkins@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 22-November 3, Weekends
BELVEDERE'S FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Belvedere Plantation.
Pick your own pumpkins from the patch (day or night) or select pre-picked from the market store. Frolic in the fall weather with the corn maze, wagon rides, campfire, tons of pies in the market, Dangerfield Downs, Ziplines, Straw Jump, Pumpkin Cannon, Trike Train Pumpkin Mountain Slide, Spider Web, Pedal Carts, Extreme Pedal Carts, Jumping Pillow, Barrel Train, Pony Rides and Flower Cutting. Belvedere Plantation.  Directions: 1410 Belvedere Drive, Fredericksburg.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-4478. 
 
September 8-November 10
LIBERTY MILLS FARM CORN MAZE
Liberty Mills Farm.
Get lost in Central Virginia's largest corn maze of over 33 acres. Admission includes puzzles within the maze, hay rides (when operating) and activities and games. Flashlight maze from 6-10pm starting September 29. Liberty Mills Farm, Somerset.  $12 maze admission ages 5-12, $14 ages 13 and up; weekday admissions lower.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@libertymillsfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-882-6293. 
 
Late-July-Early November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
Dickie Brothers Orchard.
This Nelson Country orchard has been owned and operated by the same family for more than 267 years, ever since King George issued their land grant! The orchard-home to 20 apple varieties-is located near the scenic George Washington National Forest and Wintergreen resort, and many families include a hike to Crabtree Falls while in the area. Dickie Brothers Orchard.  10am-5pm Monday-Sunday.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@dickiebros.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5516. 
 
April 7-November 15, Weekend Afternoons
BARN AND FARM HISTORY DAYS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come enjoy the barn at Ivy Creek Natural Area.This was formerly the showpiece of the working farm known as River View Farm. Enjoy the displays including an observing beehive and farm equipment. Open every weekend afternoon until Thanksgiving. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  2-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
Now-November
PICK YOUR OWN APPLES
The Market at Grelen.
Every Saturday and Sunday starting September 20 take a free hayride to the orchards from 12-3pm where you can pick your own apples. 15091 Yager Rd, Somerset.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-7268. 
 
April-November, Weekends
PANCAKE BREAKFASTS AT CHILES PEACH ORCHARD
Chiles Peach Orchard.
Come start the day off right. Enjoy our delicious breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes with our fresh fruit topping served with a side of sausage and OJ/milk/coffee. Eat until you're full, then stroll the farm market for delicious fruit and unique and local gift items. Chiles Peach Orchard, Crozet.  10am-12pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-1583. 
 
September-November, Weekends
APPLE HARVEST CELEBRATION
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Join the Chiles Family for food, hayrides, wine tastings, apple picking and all things apple - including apple butter, apple cider, apple cider donuts and apple pie! Pumpkins will come in mid to late September, and on September 15-16, a reenactment of Johnny Appleseed's history with apples will take place. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
August-November
CARTER MOUNTAIN ORCHARD PICK-YOUR-OWN APPLES
Carter Mountain Orchard.
Pick your own apples from mid-August to late November and look for hayrides and pumpkins in the fall, and enjoy baked goods, jams and hot apple cider donuts-a mouth-watering local tradition-year-round. This is also a great place to bring visitors, since the panoramic view of Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains is fantastic. Carter Mountain Orchard.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cartermountainorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1833. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE QUARTERLY PUBLICATION, LOCALLY CHARLOTTESVILLE
Dedicated to promoting locally owned independent businesses, Locally Charlottesville has the scoop on fun, seasonal events happening around town. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
September 28, Friday
9TH ANNUAL TEN MILER FAMILY FESTIVAL
Amazement Square and Rehab Associates of Central VA.
Following the Amazing Mile Children's Run, the public is invited to enjoy the family-friendly and free festival. Amazement Square, Lynchburg.  4:30-7:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
September 29, Saturday
21ST HARRISONBURG INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Harrisonburg International Festival.
A day of family fun that celebrates the many cultures that make up the Harrisonburg community featuring international foods, musical talent and dance, creative folk art, language and intercultural learning opportunities. Downtown Harrisonburg.  12-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Special Needs Accommodation: Handicapped Accessible  Email: internationalfestival@fairfieldcenter.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-434-0059x5. 
 
September 29, Saturday
7TH ANNUAL TOMTOBERFEST
Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Come out for a day-long celebration of Charlottesville creativity, innovation, and community filled with free concerts, games, craft beer, food trucks, and expos. IX Art Park.  12-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Tommy.  Email: Tommy@tomtomfest.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-336-0022. 
 
September 29, Saturday
ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE VEGAN ROOTS FEST
Vegan Roots Fest.
Come out to this family- and dog-friendly festival will include music and entertainment from local artists and great food, beer, wine and more. Experts will be on hand to talk about nutrition, menus and shopping. Grab a beer or wine and learn about all the ways veganism is for the animals, people and the planet. Washington Park.  12-6pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cvillevegfest.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
September 29, Saturday
FLOW: THE RIVANNA RIVER FESTIVAL
Chroma Projects / Rivanna Conservation Alliance.
A celebration of art, music, song and dance inspired by the Rivanna River. It begins at 10am with the FLOWtilla Spontaneous Art Boat Parade. Musical and dance performances along the banks between 11am and 3pm. Artists will exhibit their work on the banks starting at 11am. Plein Aire painters will be along the banks at Riverview Park. Darden Towe Park, Riverview Park.  10am-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-806-9667. 
 
September 29, Saturday
TOMTOBERFEST COMMUNITY MIXER
Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Over 60 local groups giving back to Charlottesville will share their missions and projects to strengthen relationships and build partnerships with individuals and businesses alike. IX Art Park.  12-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 6, Saturday
12TH ANNUAL STEP UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME 5K & FAMILY FESTIVAL
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.
Celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome in Greater Richmond, Charlottesville and Central Virginia communities. Enjoy lots of free family activities, live music, a fashion show featuring individuals with Down syndrome, pumpkin patch, exhibit displays and more. All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond. Dogs on leashes welcome. Acca Shrine Center, Richmond.  Directions: 1712 Bellevue Ave.  9am-1pm.  $Family Festival is Free; 5K admission varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Terri Lancaster.  Email: info@dsagr.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-447-4713. 
 
October 6, Saturday
25TH ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Rockbridge Vineyard.
Come out for wine tasting, hayrides, grape stomping and live music. Bring the kids and lawn chairs. Lunch available for purchase. Rockbridge Vineyard, Rapine.  12-6pm.  $10 admission includes wine tasting, $3 non-tasters.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-377-6204. 
 
October 6, Saturday
OKTOBERFEST
Frontier Culture Museum.
Bring the whole family to enjoy games on the German farm, traditional food, live dancing and live music. Adults can visit the Beer Garden in the Cochran Pavilion. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  12-7pm.  $12 adults, ages 6-12 $7, 6 and under free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
October 6-7, Saturday-Sunday
30TH ANNUAL 2ND STREET FESTIVAL
2nd Street Festival.
Celebrate the rich culture of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood with this free two-day festival filled with non-stop music and fun. 401 N. 2nd St., Richmond.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-788-6466. 
 
October 6 & 7, Saturday & Sunday
31ST ANNUAL FALL FIBER FESTIVAL AND SHEEP DOG TRIALS
Montpelier.
The Fall Fiber Festival features animal exhibits, sheep dog trials, hands-on demonstrations, a fleece sale, fiber and crafts vendors, live music, and much more. Rain or shine. Montpelier.  Directions: 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station.  10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday.  $5 adults, 16 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@fallfiberfestival.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 5-7, Friday-Sunday
9TH ANNUAL FESTY EXPERIENCE
The Festy Experience.
The Festy Experience is three days of concerts, camping, local craft food and beer and a series of outdoor activities. Infinity Downs Farm, Arrington.  2-11:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Delia Stephenson.  Email: delia@theartistfarm.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-220-4000. 
 
October 6 & 7, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
Come out to this fun family outing of live music, entertainment, Virginia wine and craft beer by the glass, children's activities and painting classes, food and artists and crafters showcasing their work in a wide variety of mediums for sale. Everything from pottery to puppets. Free parking. No pets permitted. Rain or shine. Claudius Crozet Park.  10am-5:30pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $7 adults, $6 seniors, free for 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: crozetartfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-326-8284. 
 
October 7, Saturday
CVILLE SABROSO: LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL
IX Art Park .
Come out for a family-friendly day of music, dance, art and food. This event was postponed from September 15 due to inclement weather. IX Art Park.  12-9pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-207-2355. 
 
October 7, Saturday
FOXFIELD FAMILY DAY AT THE RACES
The Foxfield Racing Association.
In addition to the steeplechase races, there will be a jack russell terrier race, bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting and the children and teen activities tents along with much more. Foxfield.  Directions: Old Garth Road. Enter through East Gate.  10am-5pm.  $Ticket prices vary (see website); free for kids 8 & under.  All ages welcome.  Email: information@foxfieldraces.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-9501. 
 
September 28-October 7
STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA
State Fair of Virginia.
Come see Virginia's finest animals and agriculture, exhibits and shows, music, arts and crafts, blue ribbon competitions and more. The Meadow Event Park, Doswell.  Directions: I-95 exit 98 next to Kings Dominion.  Vary.  $Ticket prices vary.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-994-2800 . 
 
October 5-8, Friday-Sunday
COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND AT WINTERGREEN
Wintergreen Resort.
Fall is in full swing so come enjoy a weekend of fun and games including chairlift rides to enjoy the scenery and the final races of the Wintergreen Tread & Trail Series. Wintergreen Resort.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-2200. 
 
October 13, Saturday
YOUTH FALL KICKOFF EVENT
Hillsboro Baptist Church.
A free youth event to kickoff the fall for youth in 6th-12th grade! The event will include a jousting arena, a log slammer, bonfire, food, and other games. Hillsboro Baptist Church, Crozet.  5-8pm.  $Free and open to public.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-256-1360. 
 
October 13 & 14, Saturday & Sunday
28TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA WINE & GARLIC FESTIVAL
Rebec Vineyards.
Virginia wines, live entertainment, arts, crafts and garlic. Tastings by guest wineries, multiple stages with live entertainment, over 150 unique arts, crafts and specialty foods. Rebec Vineyards, Amherst.  10am-5pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: winery@rebecwinery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-946-5168. 
 
October 13-14, Saturday-Sunday
46TH ANNUAL FALL FOLIAGE ART SHOW
Shenandoah Valley Art Center.
Each October the streets of downtown Waynesboro are transformed into an impressive showcase of 150 fine artists featuring paintings, jewelry, glass, pottery, sculpture and more. Enjoy live music, craft beer and gourmet fare from the food trucks. Downtown Waynesboro.  $Free admission and parking.  Email: svartcenter@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-949-7662. 
 
October 20, Saturday
ANNUAL BOATS AND BUTTERFLIES FESTIVAL
Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center.
Come enjoy making butterfly art and learning about natural history. See the boats from FLOWtilla, and float them for 10-minute rides on the Rivanna, weather permitting. Childrens activities and art and boats for all ages. Darden Towe Park.  10am-3pm.  Email: lewisandclark@lewisandclarkvirginia.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 6 & 20
APPLE BUTTER MAKIN' FESTIVAL
Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.
Watch apple butter being made the old-fashioned way. Enjoy live music while kids pick pumpkins, play games, create crafts, explore the corn maze and visit with the clown. A cider pressing demonstration will happen at 11am. Silver Creek & Seamans' Orchard.  Directions: 5529 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro.  10am-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-277-5824. 
 
October 20, Saturday
POPLAR FOREST FOLK FESTIVAL
Poplar Forest.
Listen to some of Virginias best folk music and Americana bands in the backyard of Mr. Jeffersons retreat house. Pair the music with local foods, shop for works by local artisans and explore Jeffersons octagonal villaconsidered his most perfect work of architectureat a reduced rate. Bands include the Sons of Liberty, the Crooked Road Ramblers, The Wildmans, and Morgan Wade and The Stepbrothers. Poplar Forest.  11am-5pm.  $20 advance, $25 at the door.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 20, Saturday
RVA BOOKLOVERS' FESTIVAL
Brandylane Publishers.
The Festival will include authors from across Virginia, vendors of excellent local Richmond cuisine, and literary-inspired crafters. A childrens area, a poet-tree, and a main stage will feature a variety of readings and presentations. Jefferson Park, Richmond.  10am-4pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Christina Kann.  Email: rvabookloversfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-644-3090. 
 
September 28-30 & October 19-21
APPLE FESTIVAL AT DRUMHELLER'S
Drumheller's Orchard.
This apple festival will offer food vendors, crafters, hayrides, an apple sling shot, a corn maze, apples, fresh cider, pumpkins, inflatables and more. Drumheller's Orchard.  9am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@drumhellersorchard.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-263-5036. 
 
October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, Saturdays & Sundays
GRAVES MOUNTAIN APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL
Graves Mountain Lodge.
In celebration of 48 years, savor good food and homemade apple butter at this annual fest with bluegrass music, crafts fair, hay maze, hayrides and horseback rides, rain or shine. Kids can climb the hay mountain, visit the animals and pick apples! Graves Mountain Lodge, Syria.  10am-4:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@gravesmountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-923-4231. 
 
September 28-October 28
27TH ANNUAL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Sinkland Farms.
For five weekends, enjoy live music, food, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, face painting, a corn maze, farmyard animals, a kids' zone, ride-a-rescue horse and more. Sinkland Farms, Christiansburg.  4-8pm Fridays, 10am-5pm Saturdays, 12-5pm Sundays.  $Special Pricing with Limited Attractions.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-382-4647. 
 
Now-October 28, Saturdays & Sundays
FALL FESTIVAL WEEKENDS
Hartland Farm & Orchard.
Get lost in the corn maze, take a hayride, cheer on pig and duck races, ride down the 60-foot tall slide mountain, visit with farm animals, and enjoy pumpkin bowling, apple canons and more. Hartland Farm & Orchard, Markham.  10am-5pm Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday.  $10.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-533-6901. 
 
October 26-28, Friday-Sunday
HARVEST FEST
Wintergreen Resort.
Celebrate the bounty of the season with a Halloween twist. Pumpkin carving, cookie decorating, fun around the campfire, movies and time to explore the local orchards, breweries, wineries and cideries. A spooktacular fun time for the whole family. Wintergreen Resort.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@wintergreenresort.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-325-8180. 
 
September 15-October 31
HESS CORN MAZE AND FAMILY FUN
Back Home on the Farm.
Corn maze, farm animals, pick your own pumpkin, pig races, carousel rides and more. Back Home on the Farm.  Directions: 2915 Willow Run Road, Harrisonburg.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-6493. 
 
September 22-November 3, Weekends
BELVEDERE'S FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Belvedere Plantation.
Pick your own pumpkins from the patch (day or night) or select pre-picked from the market store. Frolic in the fall weather with the corn maze, wagon rides, campfire, tons of pies in the market, Dangerfield Downs, Ziplines, Straw Jump, Pumpkin Cannon, Trike Train Pumpkin Mountain Slide, Spider Web, Pedal Carts, Extreme Pedal Carts, Jumping Pillow, Barrel Train, Pony Rides and Flower Cutting. Belvedere Plantation.  Directions: 1410 Belvedere Drive, Fredericksburg.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-4478. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
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September 29, Saturday
FIRE BELL IN THE NIGHT
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
This new tour features a series of original vignettes performed in and around Thomas Jefferson's retreat house by historic actors and interpreters. The program explores Jefferson's anxiety regarding the Missouri Compromise, and tells of the reactions of his enslaved butler, and others in the enslaved community. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  6-8:30pm.  $25.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
April 28-October 13
MR. MADISON IS AT HOME
James Madison's Montpelier.
After you tour the House, stop by the Constitution Room and visit with James Madison. James Madison's Montpelier.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
October 20, Saturday
ARCHAEOLOGY OPEN HOUSE
Monticello.
Monticellos Archaeology Department hosts its annual open house, featuring displays and exhibits on recent discoveries in the field and the lab, as well as walking tours of the vanished Monticello Plantation landscape. Archaeology staff members will be on hand to answer questions. Woodland Pavilion, Monticello.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
October 20, Saturday
INTERACTIVE ARCHAEOLOGY DIG FOR KIDS
James Monroe's Highland.
This 30-minute interactive exhibit will introduce children to archaeology, and how we know what we know about the lives of the enslaved and free people living and working at Monticello. Archaeologists-in-training will dig in a mock excavation where they will learn proper field techniques, including digging, screening, and identifying artifacts. Monticello.  Directions: Meets at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  10am-2:30pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 13.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May 12, June 16, July 14, August 18, September 15 & October 27, Saturdays
DIG IT! MONTPELIER ARCHAEOLOGY TOUR
James Madison's Montpelier.
These monthly tours highlight the many different components of the archaeological discovery process, including Locating, Excavating, Analyzing, and Reconstructing archaeological sites on the property. Come see sites that have been located by the archaeology department, and explore the ongoing excavations and analysis being conducted. James Madison's Montpelier.  1-2pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 31-October 27, Saturdays
JOURNEY FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM WALKING/DRIVING TOUR
James Madison's Montpelier.
Experience the African American transition from slavery to freedom. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the House, as well as the Gilmore Cabin and the 1910 Train Depot. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  2:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
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April 28-September 29, Saturdays
MADISON FARMERS' MARKET
Madison Farmers' Market.
Come to the Farmers Market to shop, eat and browse. Madison County Volunteer Fire Company.  8am-12pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
May-September, Saturdays
ALBEMARLE FARMERS MARKET
New farmers market at Hollymead Town Center. Hollymead Town Center.  8:30am-1pm.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: albemarlemarket@gmail.com. For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
October 4, Thursday
MARTHA'S MARKET PREVIEW PARTY
The Women's Committee of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Be among the first to shop the collection of over 80 unique boutiques and enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres and live music while shopping for a great cause. Fifteen cents of every dollar spent at the Preview Party and Martha's Market supports women's healthcare at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. The Preview Party ticket price includes shopping passes for all three market days. John Paul Jones Arena.  $85 per person.  Contact: Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation.  Email: MJH_Foundation@Sentara.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-654-8258. 
 
May-October, Wednesdays
FARMERS IN THE PARK
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Charlottesville's first growers only market. Farm fresh veggies, fruit, baked goods, plants and much more. Opening day in 2018 is May 2. Meade Park.  Directions: Corner of Meade Avenue & Chesapeake Street.  3-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Stephanie Maloy.  Email: maloy@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
October 6 & 7, Saturday & Sunday
CROZET ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL
Claudius Crozet Park.
Come out to this fun family outing of live music, entertainment, Virginia wine and craft beer by the glass, children's activities and painting classes, food and artists and crafters showcasing their work in a wide variety of mediums for sale. Everything from pottery to puppets. Free parking. No pets permitted. Rain or shine. Claudius Crozet Park.  10am-5:30pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday.  $7 adults, $6 seniors, free for 12 and under.  All ages welcome.  Email: crozetartfestival@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-326-8284. 
 
October 5-7, Friday-Sunday
MARTHA'S MARKET 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation.
The John Paul Jones Arena is transformed into an unforgettable shopping experience featuring 80 unique boutiques both local and from across the country with something for everyone. Fifteen percent of each sale benefits women's healthcare programs at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. Free Admission to children 13 and younger. Free parking. John Paul Jones Arena.  $10 gives you entrance for the weekend; 13 and under free.  Contact: Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation.  Email: MJH_Foundation@Sentara.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-654-8258. 
 
Late April-October, Tuesdays
FOREST LAKES FARMERS MARKET
Forest Lakes Community Association.
Local produce, plants, meats and eggs, home-baked goods, jams and more. Forest Lakes South.  Directions: Recreation Center parking lot.  4-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Alisa Wildman.  Email: forestlakesmarket@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-2733. 
 
May 5-October 13, Saturdays
CROZET FARMERS MARKET
The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, woodcraft and pottery. Crozet United Methodist parking lot.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Al Minutolo.  Email: aminutolo@embarqmail.com. For more info call: 434-823-1092. 
 
October 12-14, Friday-Sunday
62ND SHENANDOAH ANTIQUES EXPO
August Expoland.
Everything from 18th- and 19th-century English and American antiques, Americana pieces and an expansive range of intriguing, often hard-to-find collectibles at the biggest indoor-outdoor show in the mid-Atlantic. Augusta Expoland.  Directions: 277 Expo Rd., Fishersville.  9am-5pm Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday.  $10 (three-day pass), $5 Saturday (two-day), $5 Sunday.  Email: rmstokes41@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-846-7452. 
 
April-October, Saturdays
CITY MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Visit for fresh local produce, plants, and plenty of homemade goodies and crafts. Second and Water Street parking lots.  7am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Saturdays in September & October
NELSON FARMERS MARKET COOPERATIVE
Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative.
Fresh local produce, baked goods, fresh cheese, meats & poultry, local honey, jams, crafts, plants, cut flowers and more. Live music on each Saturday. 3079 Rockfish Valley Highway, Nellysford.  8am-12pm.  Email: contact@nelsonfarmersmarket.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-761-7581. 
 
April 7-November 3, Saturdays
SCOTTSVILLE COMMUNITY FARMERS MARKET
Scottsville Chamber of Commerce.
Enjoy local produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, flowers, jams, and hand-crafted items in historic Scottsville. Scottsville Pavilion.  Directions: 125 Fleet St., Scottsville.  8am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Deb Smith.  Email: market@scottsville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-286-9267. 
 
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October 19, Friday
AFTER HOURS MOVIE: GOOSEBUMPS [PG]
JMRL - Crozet Library.
Bring the family to see this fun movie based on RL Stine's book series. Crozet Library.  6-7:45pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
October 19, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: "ISLE OF DOGS"
Piedmont Virginia Community College Student Art Club.
Writer/director Wes Anderson's stop-motion animated film follows a boy's odyssey in search of his lost dog. Main Stage Theatre in V. Earl Dickinson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College.  7:30pm.  $Free.  Email: bsolla@pvcc.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5376. 
 
October 20, Saturday
GHOSTBUSTERS [PG]
The Paramount Theater.
Come out to see the classic original film. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $5 youth, $7 adult.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@theparamount.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
October 21, Sunday
MONSTERS, INC. [G]
The Paramount Theater / Charlottesville Family.
Come see the Disney-Pixar hit with the family. The Paramount Theater.  2pm.  $5 youth, $7 adult.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
September 1-December 1, First Saturdays
BOOKS ON THE BIG SCREEN
JMRL- Northside Library.
Kick back and relax with an afternoon movie and a snack. Bring a blanket and a pillow to sit on. September: A Wrinkle in Time. October: Goosebumps. November: How to Train Your Dragon. December: Matilda. Northside Library.  2:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
CVILLE MOVIES
Find out the movie schedule for all of Charlottesville here. For details, please click this link. 
 
Second Tuesdays
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES AT NORTHSIDE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and settle in for a family-friendly movie. Snack and juice box provided. Northside Library.  6:30pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
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October 20, Saturday
ARCHAEOLOGY OPEN HOUSE
Monticello.
Monticellos Archaeology Department hosts its annual open house, featuring displays and exhibits on recent discoveries in the field and the lab, as well as walking tours of the vanished Monticello Plantation landscape. Archaeology staff members will be on hand to answer questions. Woodland Pavilion, Monticello.  10am-4pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
October 26, Friday
BOO BASH!
Virginia Discovery Museum/Baggby's.
Dress up and enjoy carnival games, activities, face painting and crafts. Concoct kooky potions with the happy ol' hag in the Showalter Cabin, decorate cookies from Baggby's, dance in the Monster Mash bubble-wrap dance room, meet the UVA Chemistry LEAD Mad Scientists in their lab as they conduct experiments, stop by the Little Shop of Prizes to trade in all the tickets you've earned and more. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall.  5:30-8pm.  $10 advance, $12 at the door.  Recommended for ages 2 to 8.  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
October 19-January 27
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE COLLECTION OF HEYWOOD AND CYNTHIA FRALIN
The Fralin Museum of Art.
The collection includes works by John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, Reginald Marsh and many other notable artists of the period. It is presented in conjunction with exhibitions of Georgia O’Keeffe’s work during her time at the University of Virginia and historical and contemporary Native American works from the Museum’s holdings. The Fralin Museum of Art.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Rhonda Deck.  Email: rhondadeck@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-906-1022. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
Every Friday
GREAT ARTISTS PROGRAM
Art history comes alive in engaging hands-on presentations and conversations as artists of all ages come together to learn about some of the world’s great artists. Think you can’t create? Pick up the media of the masters and let your creativity run wild. You might just surprise yourself! Amazement Square .  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
Tuesday Mornings
NEW PARENT MEETUP
Virginia Discovery Museum.
New parents are invited to meet others just starting out on this parenting journey and to chat about all things mom and dad. Children under 1 receive free admission. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  Email: vdmprograms@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMANS PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Wegmans/Virginia Discovery Museum.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
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September 29, Saturday
RUSTIC TRAIL HIKE
Monticello.
Take an informal ramble along one of the park’s many rustic woodland paths to learn about the natural history of the area and enjoy the season’s natural beauty. Route 53 parking area of the Saunders-Monticello Trail.  9:15-11:30am.  $18.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
May 27-September 30, Select Sundays
MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS CONCERT SERIES AT HUMPBACK ROCKS VISITOR CENTER
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Enjoy live music that highlights mountain music. Humpback Rocks Visitor Center.  Directions: Milepost 5.8 Blue Ridge Parkway.  2-4pm.  Email: humpback@friendsbrp.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-4716. 
 
October 6, Saturday
GUIDED PROPERTY WALK AT MONTPELIER
James Madison's Montpelier.
Enjoy an interpreter-led, two-hour trail walk on the 3.55 mile Montpelier Loop Trail, learning about Madison's role as an early environmentalist, managing Montpelier today, tree identification, the duPonts, and more. Dogs on leashes are welcome. James Madison's Montpelier.  Directions: Begins at David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  9am-11am.  $5.  Contact: Christy Moriarty.  Email: cmoriarty@montpelier.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
October 12, Friday
FAN MOUNTAIN OBSERVATORY PUBLIC NIGHT
UVA Department of Astronomy.
Open to the public only twice a year, the Fan Mountain Observing Station offers free public observing nights. Tickets must be requested in advance and are fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis (up to 6) starting September 1. Fan Mountain Observing Station, Covesville.  7-11pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
October 13, Saturday
1ST ANNIVERSARY OF SPRUCE CREEK PARK
Rockfish Valley Foundation.
Come out to celebrate the one-year anniversary with live music by Kim and Jimbo Cary, music for kids, old-time country music, face painting, watermelon seed spitting, food truck, history talks, flintlock rifles and a cannon. Spruce Creek Park, Nelson County.  11am-3pm. 
 
October 14, Sunday
BIG WOODS WALK
James Madison's Montpelier.
Join Montpelier Horticulturist, Sandy Mudrinich, for a hike through Montpelier's Landmark Forest, a rare hardwood old growth forest consisting of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches. The trail is a gentle 1-mile loop. Dogs on leashes are welcome! Montpelier .  Directions: Tour begins at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  2pm.  $5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
April 6-October 14
BUTTERFLIES LIVE!
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies. Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit in the Conservatory and is geared for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and life cycles. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $Regular Admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
May 5-October 28
RIDES ON THE GYPSY EXPRESS
Gypsy Hill Park Express.
The Gypsy Express is a short, fun ride around a scenic area of Stauntons Gypsy Hill Park. Today's riders are frequently the children and grandchildren of those who first rode the mini train more than a half-century ago. Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton.  1-5pm.  $1.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-3800. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
Second Mondays & Final Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  Directions: 1780 Earlysville Road.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
Saturdays
MORNINGS IN THE MOUNTAINS
Wintergreen Nature Foundation.
Join a Foundation naturalist for an interpretive walk in the woods. Explore the many wonderful aspects of Wintergreen's natural environment. Trillium House.  Directions: Rt. 29S to I-64W to Exit 107 (Crozet, Rte 250). Take 250W to Rte 151S, turn left. Take 151 to Rte 664, 14.2 miles. Turn right at 664.  10am.  $3 members, $5 non-members..  All ages welcome.  Email: info@twnf.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-325-8169. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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September 28, Friday
THE VOCAL ILLUSIONS OF LYNN TREFZGER
The Wayne Theatre.
For more than 30 years, Lynn has given life to a trunk full of comical characters. She has performed for family audiences worldwide. Audiences are treated to Lynn's vocal illusion talents and may even see some audience members brought up for the action. Lynn's off-the-wall audience interplay is riotously funny, no two shows are alike. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm.  $18 adults, $10 students.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
September 29, Saturday,
OMNY TAIKO JAPANESE DRUMMING ENSEMBLE
PVCC.
Each performance is a dynamic display of the sheer power of the art form, with deeply resonant and thunderous drumming on large wooden drums accompanied by tightly choreographed movements that are as much a joyous expression of pure athleticism as they are musical entertainment. PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building.  7:30-9pm.  $12, $10 seniors/students.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-5376. 
 
October 3, Wednesday
CATAPULT
The Wayne Theatre.
An America's Got Talent finalist from Season 8, Catapult is a magical production that features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm.  $23 adults, $12 students.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
October 13, Saturday
COLE SWINDELL & DUSTIN LYNCH
Richmond Coliseum.
With special guest Lauren Alaina. Richmond Coliseum, Richmond.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@richmondcoliseum.net. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-745-3000. 
 
October 14, Sunday
WWE LIVE!
John Paul Jones Arena.
Come see WWE Superstars live. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  $15+.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-575-8497. 
 
October 23, Tuesday
BOB NOCEK PRESENTS: BLACK VIOLIN - CLASSICAL BOOM TOUR
The Paramount Theater.
Black Violin is composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. And Kev Marcus, who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound. Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. The Paramount Theater.  8pm.  $35-$50.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
October 25, Thursday
SUGAR SKULL-MEXICO BEYOND MARIACHI
The Wayne Theatre / Plaza Azteca.
Sugar Skull is a colorful, musical family adventure that celebrates the rich traditions of Día de los Muertos, and the vibrant heart of Mexican culture. This is the experience that will change your perception of the country, its people, and its cultural practices. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm.  $15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-999. 
 
October 26, Friday
CHARLOTTE'S WEB
The Wayne Theatre.
Theatreworks USA presents a loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. The Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  9:30am & 12:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
August 10-December 14, Second Fridays
CVILLE SERIES: THE OPEN MIC
Jefferson African American Heritage Center.
Rappers, singers, dancers, painters/sketch artists, ventriloquist, comedians, actors and more talented folks are invited to come perform on the Jefferson stage. The sign-up will begin roughly at 6:45pm. All proceeds benefit the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center. Jefferson African American Heritage Center.  7-9pm.  $5 for audience, free for performers.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-8720. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Third Thursdays
THURSDAYS AFTER SIX
JMRL- Northside Library.
Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! JMRL- Northside Library.  6pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 973-7893. 
 
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September 26, Wednesday
HOME EDUCATORS' DAY AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Monticello welcomes the homeschool community. Students can explore a variety of Jeffersonian topics at indoor and outdoor hands-on activity stations, take a special guided tour of Monticello, roll hoops and play games on the West Lawn, hike our trails, and more. Reservations are strongly recommended. Monticello.  10am-4pm.  $15 adults advance, $20 adults, $6 students 5 and up, Free for children 4 and under.  Email: info@monticello.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9880. 
 
September 29, Saturday
1ST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Brooks Family YMCA.
Bring your friends and neighbors for giveaways throughout the event, the chance to win a 6-monyth membership to the Y, a family Zumba class, family obstacle course and more. C-Ville Country 92.7 will be broadcasting live. Brooks Family YMCA.  10am-12pm.  $Free and open to public.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-974-9622. 
 
September 29, Saturday
ANNUAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Featuring the Deer Creek Boys and three more bands to be announced. Come listen to local Bluegrass music and enjoy grilled hamburgers and hot dogs. Fleetwood Community Center, Roseland.  2-9pm, doors open at 1pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-907-8113. 
 
September 29, Saturday
COYNER SPRINGS KITE FLY
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Grab your kite and enjoy professional kite-flying performances, pony and old-fashioned hay rides, pumpkin and kite decorating, Apple Slingin' Contest, art tent and more. If you don't have a kite, not to worry, over 300 kites will be given away. Coyner Springs Park.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
September 30, Sunday
DOG FEST
The Animal Connection.
Over 50 Booths featuring pet-related and pet-friendly businesses. Costume contest. Adopt a rescue dog. Live music by "The Pollocks" and a special collaboration "Big Dawg Blonde Ale" by Three Notch'd Brewery. IX Art Park.  12-5pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: phboden@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-825-7082. 
 
September 30, Sunday
DOGFEST
IX Art Park / Animal Connections.
Over 50 Booths featuring pet related and pet friendly businesses. Costume contest. Adopt a rescue dog. and, new this year, a special dance party featuring "The Gladstones" and a special collaboration "Big Dawg Blonde Ale" by Three Notch'd Brewery. IX Art Park.  12-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
September 28-30, Friday-Sunday
QUEEN CITY MISCHIEF & MAGIC: HARRY POTTER PARTY
Staunton Parks & Recreation.
Queen City Mischief & Magic is a homegrown fan event created for the local community to celebrate and grow appreciation for the Harry Potter books and film series. Downtown Staunton.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: bajastaunton@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-9988. 
 
September 4-5, 22-23 & 29-30, Saturdays & Sundays
SWANNANOA PALACE OPEN HOUSE
Swnnanoa Palace.
Swannanoa Palace, a $2 million, 52-room mansion built in 1912 by Major James Dooley and modeled after the Villa Medici in Rome, is open to the public. The 4,000-piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley are sure to impress. Swannanoa Palace, Afton.  11:15am-5pm.  $$8 and Guided Tours $10 (last tour at 4pm). Children 12 and under free..  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-885-5653. 
 
October 1, Monday
BLANK & THE THREE BEARS
JMRL- Central Library.
Bring your stuffed animals and help them join in this favorite fairy tale. Measure and find your favorite spots at this drop-in STEM program for all ages. 10am-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
October 6, Saturday
12TH ANNUAL STEP UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME 5K & FAMILY FESTIVAL
Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.
Celebrate the abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down syndrome in Greater Richmond, Charlottesville and Central Virginia communities. Enjoy lots of free family activities, live music, a fashion show featuring individuals with Down syndrome, pumpkin patch, exhibit displays and more. All proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond. Dogs on leashes welcome. Acca Shrine Center, Richmond.  Directions: 1712 Bellevue Ave.  9am-1pm.  $Family Festival is Free; 5K admission varies.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Terri Lancaster.  Email: info@dsagr.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-447-4713. 
 
September 28-October 7
OKTOBERFEST CELEBRATION
Blue Mountain Brewery.
German food specials every day, live music, special activities, games, and prizes. Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton.  Varies.  $free.  Contact: Sean Johnson.  Email: Sean@bluemountainbrewery.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-456-8020. 
 
October 11, Thursday
FAMILY DANCE PARTY
JMRL - Central Library.
Put on your dancing shoes and join the fun. Pizza and drinks will be available. Central Library.  5:30-7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
October 13, Saturday
15TH ANNUAL PANCAKES FOR PARKINSON'S
Michael J Fox Foundation.
Come celebrate UVA Homecoming Weekend and the beautiful fall weather at this outdoor brunch. Pancakes for Parkinson's is an annual UVA tradition, featuring free pancakes and toppings and performances by various UVA music and dance groups. All donations will go to support Parkinson's Disease research and the search for a cure through the Michael J. Fox Foundation. University of Virginia's South Lawn.  9am-2pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: P4PatUVA@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-249-9867. 
 
October 13, Saturday
MOVIES & GROOVIES: O' BROTHER WHERE ART THOU
Bold Rock Hard Cider.
A unique music and movie pairing series featuring: Local live music by Small Town Rodeo, a movie screening in the meadow on a jumbo 30-foot screen, Bold Rock Hard Cider, food trucks, movie themed activities and much more. Bold Rock Hard Cider, Nellysford.  6-11pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-1030. 
 
October 6, 7 & 13, 14
53RD ANNUAL PARADE OF HOMES
Blue Ridge Home Builders Association.
Visit area homes to see the latest in building innovations. 12-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-8652. 
 
October 14, Sunday
HARVEST PARTY
Blenheim Vineyards.
Celebrate the end of Harvest alongside live music by Erin and the Wildfire from 3-5pm and enjoy a Special Collaboration Harvest Brew from Reason Beer as well as food from Two brothers southwestern grill. There will also be an unofficial art opening for Edward Thomas and Chickapig. Bring your family and friends. Blenheim Vineyards.  11am-5pm.  Email: info@blenheimvineyards.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-5366. 
 
October 12-14, Friday-Sunday
UVA HOMECOMINGS CELEBRATION WEEKEND
University of Virginia.
Join the party at Alumni Hall before Saturday's football game for bands, games, food, drinks and more. Cheer on the Wahoos with football v. Miami. See site for weekend activities. University of Virginia.  Email: uvahomecomings@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-9000. 
 
October 14, Sunday
WWE LIVE!
John Paul Jones Arena.
Come see WWE Superstars live. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  $15+.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 888-575-8497. 
 
October 17, Wednesday
ESCAPE FROM FRANKENSTEIN'S LAB
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
Try to puzzle your way out of Frankenstein's Lab escape room or become a monster yourself. Individuals and groups can sign up for half-hour time slots with a max of 5 people per slot. Ages 12+. Required registration. Gordon Library.  6:30-8:30pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
September 19-October 18, Wednesdays or Thursdays
ROMP & STOMP
JMRL - Central Library.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required and should be for either day's session starting September 4. Central Library.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
October 20, Saturday
13TH ANNUAL TOUCH A TRUCK
Junior League of Richmond.
Children can see, touch, and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery, as well as meet the personnel who protect, serve and build the Richmond community. Vehicles on display include tractors, backhoes, emergency responders, tractor trailers, utility trucks, and helicopters. The event also features special performances, food trucks, face painting, bounce castles, games and a raffle. Richmond International Raceway.  Directions: 602 E Laburnum Ave.  10am-3pm.  $5 general admission, $15 family 4-pack online only.  Contact: Liz Anderson.  Email: touchatruck@jlrichmond.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-250-5450. 
 
October 20, Saturday
ESCAPE ROOM REDUX
JMRL - Northside.
The Hogwarts-themed escape room accommodates up to four participants at a time and takes 30 minutes. Ages 11 to adult. Required registration. Northside Library.  10:15am-4:30pm.  $Free.  Email: ndefibaugh@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
October 20, Saturday
TRUNK OR TREAT
Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
A fun and safe event for children and families, all children are invited to dress up and trick-or-treat from trunk to trunk. There will be food items, refreshments, crafts, games, petting zoo and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are asked to not wear masks. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  3-6pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-5806. 
 
September 29-October 23
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
Encourage your child to read by expanding his or her home library. Huge selection of children's books at 60%-90% off retail prices on new, over-run or irregular books. 2192 Green Valley Ln., Mt. Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free admission.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
October 26-27, Friday-Saturday
STONY POINT RURITAN ANNUAL HAUNTED BOO HOUSE
Stony Point Ruritan Club.
Fun evening with concessions, conversations and firepit. Stony Point Ruritan Club.  Directions: 2835 Watts Passage.  6-10pm.  $5.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Crystal Buyaki.  For more info call: 434-973-7026. 
 
First Full Weekends
FREE ADMISSION TO VIRGINIA DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Bank of America / Virginia Discovery Museum.
The first full weekend of the month, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust credit and debit cardholders will get free admission to the Museum. Virginia Discovery Museum.  For details, please click this link. 
 
August 10-December 14, Second Fridays
CVILLE SERIES: THE OPEN MIC
Jefferson African American Heritage Center.
Rappers, singers, dancers, painters/sketch artists, ventriloquist, comedians, actors and more talented folks are invited to come perform on the Jefferson stage. The sign-up will begin roughly at 6:45pm. All proceeds benefit the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center. Jefferson African American Heritage Center.  7-9pm.  $5 for audience, free for performers.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-8720. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
Thursday Afternoons
DISCOVERY CLUB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Each week holds a new discovery as you explore art, science, cultures and animals through crafts, experiments, games and more. Ages 4-8. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  4-4:30pm.  All ages welcome.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Every Second Monday
KID LIT
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Kids 2 and up enjoy a STEAM-related story every second Monday, then extend learning with a corresponding hands-on art craft, science experiment, or building challenge. Virginia Discovery Museum.  10:30am.  Email: vol@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
LIFT YOUR SPIRIT IN SONG AT LITTLE PLANETS
Little Planets.
Jessica Beers leads this playful gathering for all ages that is designed to strengthen voices and spirits using the power of positive affirmation through song. Instruments are welcome and some small instruments will be available. Class may contain references to God and spirit. Little Planets Playroom, IX Park.  Directions: In the Gallery in the Dream Big building.  2:30pm.  $5.  Email: info@ourlittleplanets.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 703-209-4717. 
 
Saturdays
LIVING LAB
Virginia Discovery Museum.
Researchers from the Child Development Laboratories at UVA meet each Saturday afternoon with families and discuss their research while children engage in games and activities as part of current and ongoing studies. Virginia Discovery Museum, Downtown Mall.  1-3pm.  $Free with admission.  Email: education@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
PINBALL AT PAUL'S PINBALL PALACE
Pinball Palace.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. The Glass Building.  7-11pm Fridays, 1-6pm Sundays.  $10 for unlimited play. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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September 28, Friday
18TH ANNUAL AMAZING MILE CHILDREN'S RUN
Amazement Square.
This fun run is the perfect way to encourage youth, ages 13 and under, to stay active. Participants will receive a t-shirt, medal and goodie bag. Amazement Square, Downtown Lynchburg.  6pm.  Recommended for ages 0 to 13.  Email: visitus@amazementsquare.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
September 29, Saturday
16TH ANNUAL IN THE PINK TENNIS TOURNAMENT
The Women's Committee of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Central Virginia's favorite double's tennis fundraising event. All proceeds benefit Marianne's Room and the Cancer Resource Center at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. Boar's Head Sports Club, Farmington, Forest Lakes, Glenmore or Keswick Hall.  9am-12pm.  $50 individual/$100 double team registration.  Contact: Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation.  Email: MJH_Foundation@Sentara.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-654-8258. 
 
September 29, Saturday
HOOP DREAMS 3-ON-3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
A fundraiser for RVCC to support basketball court improvements. Basketball tournament will be 4 flights: Youth (11-14), Young Adult (15-18), Adult (19-45) and Senior (46+). Food and drinks and trophies to the winners of each flight. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  10am-4pm.  $100 per team.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-361-0100. 
 
October 6, Saturday
13TH ANNUAL CLARK BUZZ-BY-BELMONT 5K
Clark Elementary School.
Join this family-friendly run/walk through the Belmont neighborhood. The race takes participants along a rolling course through the diverse neighborhoods that comprise the Clark Elementary School district. There will also be a free Kids Dash for elementary students (pre-K to 4th grade), which will start at 9:00 am on the Clark Elementary Field. The dash will be run by age group and contained to the Clark field. Fees range from pay-what-you-can donations for Clark Families to a $10 youth fee or $20 for adults 18-and-over for early registrations. Prices increase $5 after 9/15. Race t-shirts are guaranteed for all early registrations. Clark Elementary School.  8am-12pm.  $Varies.  Email: cheukb1@charlottesvilleschools.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-249-1951. 
 
October 6, Saturday
9TH ANNUAL CROZET TRAILS CREW 5K
Crozet Trails Crew.
Come out on Saturday, October 6 to run, walk, or jog through woods, grassy fields, along streams, and over bridges. The Kids Fun Run is first, at 8 am, with the adult race beginning at 8:30 and award ceremony at 9:30am with lots of prizes, including bridge naming rights to the male and female first place finishers!.. Registration includes a race tee shirt plus admission to the Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival immediately following. Claudius Crozet Park.  8am-12pm.  $20-$25.  All ages welcome.  Email: jessica@crozettrailscrew.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
October 7, Sunday
FALL CLASSIC HALF MARATHON & 10K
Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports.
Experience Charlottesville in its Fall glory. One of the most scenic courses in the east, trailing through some of the most historic Charlottesville neighborhoods and along the Rivanna River. Sprint Pavilion, Downtown Mall.  7am start time for both races.  $Various costs.  Email: francesca@badtothebone.biz. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-218-0402. 
 
October 13, Saturday
FALL FOLIAGE 5K & 10K WALK/RACE
Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Department.
The race includes a race day t-shirt, fully stocked aid stations, and a post race party with food and drink. Constitution Park, Waynesboro.  8am Kids Fun Dash, 8:15am 5K & 10K .  $Varies.  Contact: Waynesboro Parks & Recreation Department.  Email: parksandrec@ci.waynesboro.va.us. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-942-6735. 
 
October 13, Saturday
UVA FOOTBALL VS. MIAMI
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on the 'Hoos at home during Homecoming weekend. Scott Stadium.  TBA.  Email: uvatickets@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
October 12-14, Friday-Sunday
UVA HOMECOMINGS CELEBRATION WEEKEND
University of Virginia.
Join the party at Alumni Hall before Saturday's football game for bands, games, food, drinks and more. Cheer on the Wahoos with football v. Miami. See site for weekend activities. University of Virginia.  Email: uvahomecomings@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-9000. 
 
October 20, Saturday
COMMUNITY BRIDGES 5K RUN/WALK
Community Bridges.
A special 5K run/walk in honor of Jim Ryans inauguration as UVA president will raise money for service organizations and nonprofits in Charlottesville. McCormick Road.  9am.  $20.  For details, please click this link. 
 
October 20, Saturday
WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S
Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimers® is the worlds largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimers care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. IX Art Park.  9am-12pm.  $free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julia Craig.  Email: jcraig@alz.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-7718 . 
 
September 1-November 10
FOOTBALL WEEKENDS AT ALUMNI HALL
The UVA Alumni Association.
Gather at Alumni Hall three hours before kick-off for every home game. These tailgates feature live bands, tap takeovers by local breweries, kids activities, food, drinks and more. Several big-screen TVs let you catch all the college football gamed action too. One-way shuttle service is provided from Alumni Hall to Observatory Hill Dining Hall across from the stadium. The UVA Alumni Association.  Directions: 211 Emmet Street South.  $Free to attend; Food available for purchase.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Julia Bartus-Dobson.  Email: jcb9ed@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-9042. 
 
Thursdays
HOO-VILLE COMMUNITY FUN RUNS
Come enjoy these new, weekly fun runs across UVA grounds. Join staff, faculty, students and other community members while getting active. All levels and abilities welcome. Runs range from 2 to 5 miles. Walkers also welcome! Ragged Mountain Running shop, The Corner.  5:30-6pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: askhr@virginia.edu. For more info call: 982-0123. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
This open gym play time is geared towards Moms or Dads (or Grandmas, etc) and toddlers. No registration is necessary. This playgroup is geared toward kids under 6, but homeschoolers are welcome. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434 939 9177. 
 
Fridays
MESSI MORNINGS
Own Touch Cville.
Open Gym/Playtime for moms or dads and toddlers. Fridays from 9:30 - noon. No registration necessary. Own Touch Cville - 126 Commerce Drive, Ruckersville.  9:30am-12pm.  $10/child - $15/family.  Contact: Lynn Reed.  Email: lynn_s_reed@yahoo.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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October 6, Saturday
DONUTS WITH DAD
JMRL - Central Library.
A delicious storytime designed especially for dads to share with their little dumplins. Donuts, coffee, and juice will be served along with storytime fun. For dads, grandads, uncles or buddies (and, of course, moms). Central Library.  10:30am.  Recommended for ages 2 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
September 13-November 1, Thursdays
TALES FOR TWOS FALL SESSION
JMRL- Crozet Library.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more. For 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds and an accompanying adult. Registration required. JMRL- Crozet Library.  9:30am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-4050. 
 
September 20-November 15, Third Thursdays
CUENTOS Y CANCIONES BILINGUAL STORYTIME
JMRL- Central Library.
Enjoy a special storytime in both English and Spanish featuring favorite stories, rhymes and songs in both languages to help you and your little one learn some basic Spanish. Central Library.  4-4:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
September 24-November 26, Monthly on Final Mondays
SPANISH MOVES WITH ALI
JMRL - Central Library.
This bilingual session will get kids moving while learning Spanish and enjoying stories and rhymes. Central Library.  12-12:30pm.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
August 25-December 29, Saturdays
DROP-IN STORIES AND MORE
JMRL- Gordon Ave Library.
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young. Gordon Ave Library.  11-11:30am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am & 1pm.  $free.  Contact: Julia Kudravetz.  Email: ndb@cstone.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
STORYTIME EVENTS
In addition to all of the regular Storytimes planned around town each week there are sometimes extra special events. Look to the AF Kid's Events and Activities Calendar for Storytime Events to find visits from costumed characters, theme parties, live storytimes on the radio, and more.
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
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October 5, Friday
CVILLE JR. IDOL 2018
The Black Box Players.
This years theme is the Greatest Showman. Venable Elementary School.  7pm.  Email: ticketsbbp@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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